Myself and my husband are planning on moving to Oz in October. We have relatives in Brisbane, so are going to start there to look for jobs/place to live. Im a a graphic designer and my husband is in IT- Systems administrator. We have good jobs here in Dublin, Ireland, but want to get away and travel, and see the world, find a place to live that doesn't cost the earth but still have good jobs. Are there good job opportunies in Brisbane? and where would be the best place to locate to or start looking for a place to live. Obviously we will have to see where we get jobs, but we would like to live near the sea, where I can sail at weekends. Our budget is roughly 1500 a month for a 2 bed apt/house. Can anyone recommend a suburb of Brisbane that would be nice place to live, preferably with marina, good food, nice area, plenty of young people, but not incredibly expensive. We wouldn't want to commute more than 45 mins into CBD of Brisbane. Any direction of where we should go is a help. Ive checked out domain.com.au and realestate.com.au, but as I've no idea about Brisbane its hard to know where to look.
The Redcliffe area is an option.
I'll have a look there. How are the job prospects in Brisbane? It probably wouldn't be as good as Sydney I'm guessing. Waht is the cost of living over there? For example, how much is a loaf of bred or carton of milk, how much is a regular meal in a restaurant, how much is a beer etc?
I don't know what the job prospects are like in Brisbane (I'm living in Melbourne - I'm British with an Australian wife!).
Regarding cost of food etc, I can only compare to the UK so it may be helpful to you, and it may not! Over all groceries come out as slightly more expensive nowadays than in the UK (about 20% on average) - of course some things are cheaper, and some things dearer. Bread and milk are both on the expensive side, but this will depend on exactly what you get. Meat is slightly cheaper than the UK on a whole, but make sure you go to a butchers rather than getting it in a supermarket.
Take aways tend to be quite a bit cheaper than the UK, and a lot of restaurants are also cheaper depending where you go.
Hope the comparison with the UK can help even though you're from Ireland!
Thanks Yvonne1 for the topic.
I'm from Papua New Guinea and currently living in Port Moresby with the same plan. My wife and I will be traveling to Brisbane before the end of this month, August 2008. I have relatives living in Brisbane who are willing to sponsor us temporarily until I find an IT Job enough to support us. What are the prospects like for looking for IT Jobs in Brisbane?
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North of the river in Brisbane is nice, look it up on google maps to get an idea of the area.
As petrol prices in Australia are increasing, lots of the prices for things have recently increased.
Milk - $4 for 2L, $3 for a loaf of bread, $4/5 for a schooner of beer, as for meals the prices range between $15 - $30 for a main meal. It's definitely not hard to find nice places to eat and purchase groceries from at a reasonable price.
Hope that answers some of your questions!
Marina places near Brisbane, your options are Redcliffe, Scarborough, Margate, Clontarf (all north), or Manly or Wynnum area (south of the river). Redcliffe used to have a bit of a bad name but is a beautiful spot, no surf as its sheltered by Moreton Island. Beautiful for boating, jet skiing, etc. Not sure about job prospects, its a bit far from the city, about 1hr in morning traffic i spose. You'd probably have to work in the city and commute if you want to live by the water.
How will you commute? There's no trains to Redcliffe, the closest would be Scarborough I think (5-10 mins away), about 40 mins on train to the city. Manly/Wynnum/Wellington Point/Lytton is closer (on southside), about 20 mins drive to city, and trains stop Manly and Wynnum. This area has a good name, but probably more pricey than Redcliffe area.
Living by the water will increase your rental budget but you can probably get a small apartment, etc. By comparison, a 4 bedroom lowset brick house in the suburbs (within 45 mins of city) are anywhere between $300 to $450 per/week depending on location.
Be prepared to pay a premium on some rental properties, there are so many renters out there but a lack of housing, so you might need to pay more just to secure a place.
Brisbane is definately cheaper than Sydney or Melbourne but probably not as good with graphic design places, I'd think Melbourne would be better with that. Not sure about IT, but I've got lots of friends who are in IT and all work in the city or Milton (5 mins away). Have fun and enjoy our beautiful city!
Hi, thanks for all your advice, its really helpful.It makes it a bit easier when we know a little bit obout Brisbane. I think we are going to see how we like redcliffe, we will have a month or 2 to travel around, get our bearings anyway.